Pres. Duterte Hails De Lima for Approving Order Prohibiting Foreigners from Joining Local Rallies


The very first President from Mindanao, Pres. Rody Duterte hails Sen. De Lima for the very first time since her incarceration, as the President commended De Lima's order prohibiting foreigners from joining local rallies in the Philippines.



Pres. Duterte commended the operations order which forbids foreigners from participating in local political rallies approved by detained Senator Leila de Lima. The President made the statement in his speech during his meeting with around 6,000 members of the Filipino community in Singapore.



The President attended the meeting of around 6,000 members of the Filipino community in Singapore, following his attendance to the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

In commending the former Justice Secretary, Pres. Duterte was referring to Operations Order No. SBM 2015-025 signed by then Immigration Chief Sigfried Mison and approved by De Lima when she was still Justice Secretary.

Pres. Duterte also reiterated that foreigners in the Philippines, and especially those who are not even in Philippine soil, have no right to criticize him or his government as they are not the ones giving government workers their salaries.

“I only ask: bakit Pilipino ka? ‘Pag Pilipino ka, you have every right na murahin ako kasi baka hindi ka talaga kuntento sa trabaho ko. Empleyado lang ako (are you a Filipino? Because if you are, then you have every right to curse me out because maybe you are not contented with my work. I am just your employee),” he said.



“Nakikiramay ka diyan sa mahirap, okay lang. Pero kung bastusin mo ang mga pulis, bastusin mo kung sino-sino sa gobyerno (You commiserate with the poor, then that’s fine. But if you disrespect the police or anyone in the government), you do not have that right. You behave,” he added.

Duterte said that according to the law, foreigners who join rallies in the Philippines, whether for or against the governnent, could face deportation. And the President attributed it to his friend De Lima.

“Kaninong order ‘yan? Hindi ko man tinanggal. Ang aking kaibigan nasa loob ng presuhan si De Lima (Whose order is that? I did not revoke it. My friend who is inside the jail: De Lima,” Duterte said.

“Hindi ko ni-revoke ‘yan. Hayaan mo diyan. Balang araw magamit natin. Kita mo ang gaga tahimik (I did not revoke it. I left it there. One day we can use that. See, she’s quiet now),” he added.

Source: The Manila Bulletin


Pres. Duterte Hails De Lima for Approving Order Prohibiting Foreigners from Joining Local Rallies Pres. Duterte Hails De Lima for Approving Order Prohibiting Foreigners from Joining Local Rallies Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 4/29/2018 Rating: 5

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